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Portal 2004 shutting down March 31

September 8, 2009

On Sept. 1, 2009, a letter was mailed to current Alberta Netcare Portal 2004 users, announcing that Alberta Health and Wellness has set to decommission Portal 2004. Access will no longer be available as of March 31, 2010.

Portal 2004 is a legacy system which has been maintained while the user community migrates to the current viewer product, Alberta Netcare Portal (ANP), with minimal disruption to their service. To continue accessing the Alberta Netcare Electronic Health Record, users must complete the migration process prior to the March 31st deadline.

Advantages of Netcare Portal

While Portal 2004 has served users adequately throughout its implementation, it does not offer the range of information and the decision support tools available through Alberta Netcare Portal (ANP). As with Portal 2004, ANP users have access to personal demographic information in the Person Directory, and dispense information in the Pharmaceutical Information Network. 

ANP differs from Portal 2004 in that it provides access to a more complete set of laboratory results; users can view these as specific lab results, flow sheets, and chart lab values to spot trends. Additional data elements available to ANP users include:

  • diagnostic imaging text reports and images;
  • transcribed clinical reports; and
  • patient hospital admission and discharge history logs.

How do you migrate?

Portal 2004 users who have not initiated the migration process should phone the Alberta Netcare Deployment team for details at 780-642-4082 or toll free at 1-866-756-2647. Migration will take a minimum of four to six weeks—longer for those who have not yet completed and submitted a Privacy Impact Assessment to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Deployment team as soon as possible.

For details about the implementation process, please download and read An Implementation Guide for Pharmacists.